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amining the leaves of the Nettle with a microscope, you are surprised to see them covered with stiff, articulated, sharp-pointed bristles, which are so many conductors to a sharp burning liquid, enclosed in a bladder at the bottom of each. These hairs and bladders are exactly like the stings of bees. In the insect, as in the plant, it is the sharp

humour which causes the pain. Cure, Balm of Gilead. This exquisite balm, so

justly esteemed by the ancients, seems to have been provided by Nature to soothe pain : thus we often use the word balm in a moral and figurative sense, to express any thing that allays and mitigates sorrow. Beneficent virtue and affectionate friendship are true balms, which heal the wounds of the heart, a thousand times more painful than any phy

sical evils. CURIOSITY, Sycamore. This tree is mentioned

but once historically, and that is in the Bible. Zaccheus the publican mingled with the crowd on the day of our Saviour's triumphal entry into Jerusalem, and, in order to obtain a better view of the Messiah, he climbed up into a Sycamore-tree, which has thence been made the emblem of curiosity.

DANGEROUS PLEASURES, Tuberose. Page 184. DeceitpUL CHARMS, Thorn Apple. Page 153. Delicacy, Corn-bottle. The beautiful blue of

this flower, which is like that of a cloudless sky, is the emblem of a tender and delicate

affection, nourished by hope. Desire, Jonquil. The Jonquil, which came to

us from Constantinople, is with the Turks

the emblem of desire. Despair, Marigold and Cypress. Cypress is the

emblem of death; the Marigold of sorrow.

The combination of the two expresses despair. DignITY, Clove-tree. The aromatic Clove-tree

is a native of the Molucca Islands. The people of those islands wear its flowers, which

we call Cloves, as a mark of distinction. DISCRETION, Maiden Hair. Page 197. Dispain, Yellow Pink. As haughty people are

in general unaccommodating and unamiable, so of all the pink tribe the yellow is the least beautiful, the least fragrant, and yet requires the most care.

Docility, Rush. It is a proverbial saying, as

supple as a Rush. Do ME JUSTICE, Chesnut-tree. Chesnuts are

enclosed, two, three, or four, together, in one green husk, armed with numerous spikes. Those who are not acquainted with the tree disregard the fruit on account of its rough

appearance. DURABILITY, Cornel Cherry-tree. Page 239.

ELEGANCE, Rose Acacia. The art of the toilet

cannot produce any thing fresher or more elegant than the attire of this pretty shrub. Its drooping branches, its gay green, its beautiful bunches of pink flowers, resembling bows of ribands, all give it the appearance of a

fashionable female in her ball-dress. Elevation, Fir-tree. The Fir delights in cold

regions, and grows there to a prodigious

height. Eloquence, Lotus. The Egyptians consecrated

the flower of the Lotus to the Sun, the god of eloquence. This flower closes and sinks into the water at sunset, rising from it and opening again as soon as the brilliant luminary re-appears above the horizon. It constitutes one of the ornaments of the head of Osiris. The Indian gods are frequently represented floating on the water upon a Lotus flower : perhaps an emblem of the earth

issuing from the bosom of the deep. ENCHANTMENT, Vervain. Page 135. Envy, Bramble. The Bramble, like envy, creeps

and strives to stifle every thing that comes

near it. ERROR, Bee Orchis. The flowers of this plant so

nearly resemble a small humble-hee in shape and colour that they might easily be mistaken

for that insect. Esteem, Sage. The common garden Sage has

ever been held in great esteem by all domestic practitioners for its medicinal virtues. By the ancients it was supposed to possess the virtue of prolonging life: hence a line in one of their poets, which signifies : “How can a man die in whose garden there grows Sage?"

Faith, Passion Flower. In the Passion Flower

you find a representation of the crown of thorns, the scourge, the cross, the sponge


the nails, and the five wounds of Christ;

whence its name. FALSEHOOD, Bugloss, Page 74.

Manchineel-tree. The fruit of the Manchineel-tree resembles an apple. This deceitful appearance, together with an agreeable smell, invites you to eat it: but its soft and spongy substance contains a milky and perfidious Juice, which at first appears insipid, but soon becomes so caustic as to burn at once the lips, the palate, and the tongue. All travellers agree in stating that the best remedy for so violent a poison is sea-water. Luckily it is always at hand, as the tree

grows invariably on the sea-shore. False Riches, Sunflower. Page 189. Festivity, Parsley. Page 223. FIDELITY, Speedwell, or Veronica, formed from

vera-icon, a compound of Latin and Greek, signifying true image. This derivation, illiterate and barbarous as it is, has the sanction of the superstitious legend of St. Veronica, whose handkerchief is recorded to have received the impression of our Saviour's face, as he used it in bearing his cross to the place of crucifixion.

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